ISLAMABAD     -   The federal government has so far released Rs132.945 billion for various ongoing and new social sector uplift projects under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2019-20, as against the total allocation of Rs 701 billion. Under its development programme, the government has released an amount of Rs55.949 billion for federal ministries, Rs29.712 billion for corporations and Rs8.003 billion for special areas, according to a data released by Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. Out of these allocations, the government released Rs26.78 billion for security enhancement in the country for which the government had allocated Rs32.5 billion during the year 2019-20. An amount of Rs12 billion has also been released for the merged areas of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) under the government’s 10 years development programme.

Similarly for Higher Education Commission, the government released an amount of Rs5.739 billion out of its total allocation of Rs29 billion while Rs4.891 billion were released for Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission for which the government had allocated Rs24.45 billion in the development budget. For National Highway Authority, the government released Rs27.228 billion against its allocations of Rs154.96 billion. Under annual development agenda, the government also released Rs2.7 billion for Railways Division out of total allocation of Rs16 billion, Rs1.969 billion for Interior Division, and Rs2.234 billion for National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination Division. SUPARCO received Rs624.649 million out of its total allocation of Rs6.033 billion whereas Revenue Division received Rs333.648 million out of total allocation of Rs1.9 billion.

The Cabinet Division also received Rs7.997 billion for which an amount of Rs39.986 billion has been allocated for the year 2019-20. The government also released Rs4.933 billion for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) block and other projects out of its allocations of Rs27.26 billion and Rs3.070 billion for Gilgit Baltistan (Block and other projects).